Community Coalition Initiatives in Texas
The University of Texas at Austin has worked collaboratively with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) on coalition-based tobacco prevention and control since 2000 when the Texas legislative leadership requested a pilot study to determine the most effective use of allocations of the $10 million tobacco settlement money. The pilot study was conducted in East Texas and Harris County due to the areas' high burden of tobacco-related disease and substantial and diverse populations targeted by the tobacco industry.
In 2008 five Texas communities were funded by DSHS to develop or enhance tobacco prevention and control coalitions and implement comprehensive community-based programs. These five Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalitions were the first Texas coalitions to combine the SAMHSA Strategic Prevention Framework and the CDC National Tobacco Control Program's Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs. The Community Tobacco Prevention and Control Toolkit was developed as a reference document to help the communities blend the two perspectives on comprehensive community action.
The links to the left provide were developed for the use of these coalitions. Others may review these pages to gain more information about the TPCC project. The Other Resources link provides reference materials from other coalition based projects the Tobacco Reseach & Evaluation Team or our partners have recommended. If you have questions about any of these resources contact the source author or contact the Team at email@example.com.